Ivan Lendl won eight Grand Slams after losing four finals

Murray employs Grand Slam ace Lendl

Andy Murray has always had a reputation for unpredictability and the 24-year-old Scot yesterday sprang the biggest surprise of the tennis off-season by naming Ivan Lendl as his new coach.

Police patrol Zhanaozen, scene of violent clashes

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Fresh crew joins the space station

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A riot police officer on patrol in Zhanaozen after violent clashes over the weekend

Kazakhstan riots spread as police 'fire on protests'

At least 14 people have been shot dead in clashes in Kazakhstan, after protests by striking oil workers turned violent this weekend.

The probe, bound for a moon of Mars, got stuck in the Earth's orbit

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The heaviest interplanetary spacecraft ever launched is about to become one of the most dangerous man-made objects to fall from space when it crashes to the ground early in the new year.

10 die as workers clash with police in Kazakhstan

Ten people were killed in clashes between sacked oil workers and police in western Kazakhstan yesterday.

Sting cancelled a gig in Kazakhstan in July over claims that Kazakh oil workers' human rights were violated

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A London-based PR firm claimed it was planning to orchestrate a campaign by Kazakh children against the pop singer Sting after he withdrew from a performance in the country, The Independent can reveal.

Severstal ready to spin off its Nord Gold subsidiary

Severstal, Russia's biggest steel maker, is set to spin off its Nord Gold unit and could list the standalone business in London, less than a year after being forced to pull a planned $1.5bn (£968m) public offering. A London listing for Nord Gold would raise the profile of the gold unit and allow it direct access to funding.

The crew landed shortly before sunrise in central Kazakhstan

Crew back after six months on space station

Three crew inside a Russian Soyuz capsule parachuted safely back to Earth yesterday after nearly six months on the International Space Station.

The Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft rests on its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome November

Russian crew blasts off for space station

A Russian spacecraft carrying an American and two Russians blasted off today from the snow-covered Kazakh steppes in a faultless launch that eased anxiety about the future of US and Russian space programmes. 

The Phobos-Grunt blasts off from its launch pad in Baikonur yesterday morning

A wrong turn en route to the red planet: Mars probe gets stuck in orbit

Scientists have just three days to fix the problem before the craft's batteries run out

Air search for crashed space ship

Russian authorities are using helicopters to search for the wreckage of an unmanned supply ship that crashed and exploded in a forest in Siberia.

ENRC shares a 'no-go' over governance

City analysts warned that the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) had become a "no-go" for investors worried about corporate governance issues yesterday as the Kazakh miner sought to reassure the market by saying that its widely-watched boardroom review was "well under way".

France the fear as England wait for Ronaldo to deliver their World Cup fate

Forty-five years ago today, on a sunny afternoon in north London, West Germany were overcome 4-2 at Wembley.

Embassies pay £40,000 parking fines

Two foreign embassies have finally paid thousands of pounds in outstanding parking fines incurred by their diplomats in central London, it was announced today.

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